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Office of Internationalization

Fulbright Grants

The 2020-2021 application cycle is open

Fulbright Grants are available to DU students as an opportunity to receive funding to live abroad for 9-12 months (depending on the grant). The purpose of these grants is to promote cross-cultural learning and exchange, for both the student as well as those the student encounters while abroad. These are very prestigious and competitive grants and the application process is involved.

You should first look at the U.S.Fulbright Student Program website. There you will find a Timeline and review the eligibility requirements.These awards are open to U.S. domestic citizens who have at least a bachelor's degree, but not yet holding a PhD or equivalent. 

Deadlines 

Campus deadline: September 16, 9am MT 

Final campus deadline
[ w/ recommendation letters]: October 2, 9am MT 

**All materials are submitted online through the US Fulbright Student Program portal not to any campus individual directly**

Types of Grants

There are a number of types of grants, but the main types are:

  • English Language Teaching Assistantships (ETAs)
  • Master's Program Grants 
  • Research Grants

As you are considering applying

  1. One important aspect is developing a clear reason why you want to go to that country: the governments in both the U.S. and the host country are the ones that decide if you're the person they want to choose.

  2. You should look in particular for any language requirements. Check the Fulbright website to see whether a specific country has language proficiency requirements, as host countries are strict about language abilities.

  3. If you apply for and get an ETA Fulbright, you can apply at a later date for a research Fulbright. However, if you first get a research Fulbright, you cannot apply for an ETA later. You can apply for a grant again if you do not receive one in the coming application round.

  4. Research Fulbrights require that you have a sponsor or an affiliate for your work in country. It is suggested that you consider making these connections as soon as you are able. Strategies for networking include talking to your current DU or former professors who may have connections in-country, or even "cold" contacting. 

  5. Research Fulbrights in the fine arts require applicants to compile a portfolio -- take your time to figure out what to include.

  6. ETAs often require some sort of community component or project outside of the teaching placement itself.

  7. Look at the number of grants that have been available in past years. It's not a real indicator about how many will be offered this coming round, but it does give you an idea.

We strongly suggest that you start working on your application statements in April or May in order to get them in shape for the mid-September deadline.

You can be a current DU student or alumni during the application process in the fall (BA through Ph.D. student). Please note that if you are a current DU student, you must apply through us (and cannot apply independently).

Deadlines

The campus deadline for the coming round is **Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:00AM MDT**, after which we will not accept any more applications.

On-Campus Process

After the internal deadline, you'll need to come to a 20-30 minute interview with the on-campus Fulbright Committee. If you are out of country, we will need to Skype/Zoom the interview. After the interview, we'll comment on your application and provide feedback. You will then have a short amount of time to implement those suggested changes before the national deadline.

Then, prior to October 8, you will submit your application in the system. We will then send it forward to the national committees, which rank them and select which ones to send to the host country committees. Those host country committees then select the final candidates.

First Steps 

  1. Start by visiting the Fulbright U.S. Student Program's webpage.

  2. Consider what type of grant you would like to apply for in the upcoming grant cycle.

  3. Next, schedule a meeting with one of the Fulbright Advisors on campus:
    • All students in the Korbel School of International Studies contact - Rae Ann Bories-Easley ([email protected])
    • All other students contact - Dr. Casey Dinger ([email protected])

  4. After you have met with an advisor, start your Fulbright application in the online system so that we have a way to get in touch with you. We send e-mails via the Fulbright system to applicants. You should plan on taking a great deal of time to research your options and strategize for your application.

Grant Writing Resources

To help you improve your application, the Office of Internationalization at DU funds writing workshops during the summer. Below are two narrated slide decks from these workshops. More decks will be added as the occur:

 Writing workshop Part 1: A (7.24.2019)

Writing Workshop Part 1: B (7.24.2019) 

Writing Workshop Part 2: Complete (7.31.2019)

Additional

 More resources will be added as they become available.